Physics of Behavior

Friday, October 7, 2022

9100: Skylight Room

Open to the Public

A symposium on the physics of behavior organized by the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of the CUNY Graduate Center and Princeton University

Admission Price

Free; registration required


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The physics of behavior aims at a more complete characterization of complex animal movements under more naturalistic conditions.  This symposium samples recent progress in this field.  We will hear from  theorists and experimentalists as they discuss how ideas from dynamical systems theory and statistical physics can create simple yet predictive models of animal behavior across scales, and how new methods, driven by advances in computer vision and deep learning, are bringing us toward precise and automated quantifications of behavior in diverse organisms and contexts. 

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Quantifying behavior using deep learning
Talmo Pereira
Salk Institute

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Physics of behavior across scales:
from partial observations to long time scales through maximally predictive states

António Carlos Costa
École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Lunch will be provided in the Skylight Room at 1:30 PM.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Quantifying the structure of multi-agent behavior
Ann Kennedy
Northwestern University

For abstracts and registration, please visit the event page at